- Contrast 4:29-31with 5:20, 21. What had happened to change the people’s attitude? How did Moses react?
- Consider God’s answer to Moses’ cry. What does it teach us about the faithfulness of God and the reliability of his promises?
- 4:24.This seems to mean that Moses was struck down by a severe and dangerous illness, the result of his neglect to circumcise his son; and his life was saved by Zipporah’s prompt action. He could not act as God’s instrument while in disobedience to his covenant. Cf. Gen. 17:10.
- 6:3. ‘Did not make myself known’: i.e., as One whose name is ‘the LORD’ or ‘I AM’. Cf. 3:14. Once only in Genesis did God use that name of himself, and then without emphasis or explanation (Gen. 28:13).
- God had called Moses and promised deliverance to the people. Why did he delay so long in fulfilling his promise? What did Moses learn from these difficult experiences and delays?
- Why was Pharaoh so confident and so adamant in disobeying God’s command? See particularly 7:11-13, 22, 23. How does this king of opposition to God show itself now? Cf. 2 Tim. 3:1-9.
Note.6:12. ‘Of uncircumcised lips’: uncircumcision symbolizes unfitness for God’s presence, and hence, more generally, unfitness for his service. Cf. 4:10.